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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Glenn Greenwald
Co-Founder The Intercept
CSPAN2 05/24/2014
Greenwald: (The reason that) I really wanted to write the book to tell that story is because so much has been said about all of those events and so much of what has been said has been wildly false. And one of the really interesting things is that if you’re somebody who really likes to bash the American media and I'm definitely somebody who likes to do that, it's one of my most favorite pastimes it doesn't really come as a surprise to learn that much of what the media turns out is misleading in all sorts of ways. But when you’re actually at the center of a story like this and you’re reading in the newspaper claims about what it is that happened, when you actually know the truth because you are at those events and were a part of them your appreciation for their capacity to mislead expands wildly. It really is shocking to have seen some of the things that have been said given my firsthand knowledge (of how false they are)
Glenn Greenwald
Co-Founder The Intercept
CSPAN2 05/24/2014
Greenwald: I remember in particular in Hong Kong when we revealed Edward Snowden's identity on his insistence on June 10 of last year. From June 10 until June 23 the instant consensus of the American national security elite here in Washington and in large numbers of the American media was that there was no question but that this is almost certainly a Chinese espionage operation that Edward Snowden has almost certainly a spy of the government in Beijing. And then on June 24 when he left Hong Kong and flew to Moscow on his way to Ecuador and got trapped in Moscow by the U.S. government which revoked his passport, and bullied the Cubans to rescind their offer of safe passage, the very same people who'd been accusing him of being a Chinese spy instantly transformed their smear campaign into oh he's obviously an agent of Vladimir Putin. I mean that's been obvious all along.
Glenn Greenwald
Co-Founder The Intercept
CSPAN2 05/24/2014
Greenwald: the same kinds of fear-mongering is hauled out over and over and over again going all the way back to the 1971 leak of Daniel Ellsberg when he leaked the Pentagon Papers and informed the American citizenry that the government was systematically lying to them for years about the Vietnam War. Daniel Ellsberg was my childhood hero. I actually have had the honor of becoming friends with him and colleagues with him. I serve on a board with him. And I’ve had the opportunity to talk with him because he’s become the leading most vocal defender not just of Edward Snowden but Chelsea Manning and other courageous whistleblowers in the last 10 years. And the reason he said he does that and he's devoted to doing it even though he's now 83 is because he said that every single thing that they say about Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning every single thing was said about me.
Edward Snowden
whistleblower
KNTV 05/28/2014
Snowden: The NSA, the Russian intelligence service, the Chinese intelligence service, any intelligence service in the world that has significant funding and a real technological research team can own that phone the minute it connects to their network. As soon as you turn it on, it can be theirs. They can turn it into a microphone. They can take pictures from it, they can take the data off of it. But it's important to understand that these things are typically done on a targeted basis. Right? It's only done when people go, this phone is suspicious. I think it's being held by a drug dealer. I think it is being used by a terrorist.
Edward Snowden
whistleblower
KNTV 05/28/2014
Williams: Can anyone turn it on remotely if it's off? Can they turn on apps? Did anyone know or care that I Googled the final score of the Rangers/Canadiens game last night because I was traveling here? Snowden: I would say yes to all of those. They can absolutely turn them on with the power turned off the device. That's pretty scary. The thing about the Rangers game is also scary.
Edward Snowden
whistleblower
KNTV 05/28/2014
Snowden: You might say, does anybody really care that I'm looking up the score for the Rangers game? Well, a government or a hacker or some other nefarious individual would say yes. They're very interested in that because that tells a lot about you. First off, it tells you probably speak English. It says you're probably an American. You're interested in this sport. They might know what your habits are. Where were you in the world when you checked the score? Do you check it when you travel? Do you check it when you're at home?
Edward Snowden
whistleblower
KNTV 05/28/2014
Snowden: They'd be able to tell something called your pattern of life. When are you doing these kind of activities? When do you wake up? When do you go to sleep? What other phones are around you when you wake up and go to sleep? Are you with someone who's not your wife? Are you doing something, are you someplace you shouldn't be according to government, which is arbitrary, you know? Are you engaged in any kind of activities that we disapprove of, even if they aren't technically illegal? And all of these things can raise your level of scrutiny. Even if it seems entirely innocent to you, even if you have nothing to hide, even if you're doing nothing wrong. These activities can be misconstrued, misinterpreted and used to harm you as an individual. Even without the government having any intent to do you wrong. The problem is that the capabilities, themselves, are unregulated, uncontrolled, and dangerous. Williams: All because I googled Rangers/Canadiens/final score.
Edward Snowden
whistleblower
KNTV 05/28/2014
Snowden: When I think about an instance that really just struck me as, oh, my god, we can do this. And we can do it to anyone was that people at NSA, analysts, can actually watch people's internet communications. Watch them draft correspondence and actually watch their thoughts form as they type. As you write a message, you know, an analyst at the NSA or any other service out there that's using this kind of attack against people can actually see you write sentences and backspace over your mistakes then change the words and then kind of pause and think about what you wanted to say and then change it. It's this extraordinary intrusion not just into your communications, your finished messages but your actual drafting process, into the way you think.
Edward Snowden
whistleblower
KNTV 05/28/2014
Snowden: You know, I don't think anybody who's been in the intelligence community for almost a decade as I have been, is really shocked by the specific types of general operations when they are justified. What's more shocking for anybody is not the dirtiness of the business. It's the dirtiness of the targeting. It's the dirtiness of the way these things are being used. It's the lack of respect for the public because -- the lack of respect for the intrusiveness of surveillance.
Edward Snowden
whistleblower
KNTV 05/28/2014
Snowden: I actually did go through channels. And that is documented. The NSA has records. They have copies of e-mails right now to their office of general counsel, to their oversight and compliance folks from me raising concerns about the NSA's interpretations of its legal authorities. Now, I have raised these complaints not just officially, in writing through e-mail to these offices and individuals, but to my supervisors, to my colleagues. in more than one office. I did it in Ft. Meade. I did it in Hawaii.
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